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Kutless Portland, OR November 3, 2015

With the release of our new single “What Faith Can Do”, we have been receiving some very heart-felt stories of how this song has impacted many of you. We wanted to share with you a few quotes of the testimonies people have been taking the time to share with us. It continues to amaze us how God can use 5 guys to encourage and Impact others. “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11 I work for the Dept of Education and I’ve had a very rough morning so far with all the budget cuts and not knowing if I’ll have a job next week or not. Everything is so unsure at this point. I’m putting my faith in God because I know that he will provide for my needs whether I have a job or not. If this is where I’m meant to be, than I will stay here, and if God has a different plan for me, than I know he will make it known to me. I heard this song last week for the first time and it is such an encouragement to me. I would love to hear it this morning. Thanks! In Him – Guys, this song is amazing. Music has spoke to me in amazing ways all my life and this song spoke volumes to me the first time I heard it and it continues to speak to me. I am a 53 yr old woman and when I heard “It’s what faith can do” it ministered sooo much to me! We all fall short of his Glory but Thank God for his wonderful Grace and Mercy. He allows us to see the silver lining in the clouds and lets us know there is hope if we exercise our faith. Thank You and God bless Thank You so very much for the song “What faith can do”. You may never know how very deeply it touched me. Having been a Christian for many years and loving music as I do, I can honestly say to you, I have NEVER had a song impact me like this one! I was feeling hopeless and that song gave me strength. Thank You! Last week I was driving back from college when I was saying my prayers for my nephew who is going through some tough times with drinking. My heart was crying out to God. Litterly seconds after my prayer, I turned on KLOVE and heard your song “That’s What Faith Can Do”. I started to cry. It is amazing. God is bigger than all of this. He knows our hearts and hears our prayers. Don’t give up. God Bless. I was just wanting to let you know what a blessing your song “What Faith Can Do” has been to me. I am going through a hard time right now in my life and I was driving home from taking my children to school the other day and heard it. I cried all the way home it was just like you guys were telling me you have the faith just hang on to it. Sometimes when we are going through tough times which it seems like the last year has been bad you know God is there but you wonder sometimes. I just wanted to thank you because I know nothing can stop me now. I have never written a letter like this before, but I just wanted to let you know just how much I really enjoy this song. I am a strong believer that God knows exactly what we need and when we need it. My 22 year marriage is in distress and I have to admit sometimes wonder if it will make it though what I am having to learn to deal with. Anyway, it has gotten to the point that I know the first few keys and know that this song is playing on the radio and sit still in whatever I am doing, close my eyes and cry. This song really speaks to me in my time of sorrow and I just wanted to let all of you know just how much I really do appreciate all you do within your walk with God in order to make a difference in someone else’s life. “This is the only song of Kutless that I like, but it is my favorite of EVERY song I know. This songs hits me so hard, it hurts. PRAISE JESUS!!!!!!” —————————————– “wow, this is not the usual kutless. They’re usually too heavy for me, but this song is beautiful.” —————————————– “I love this song!!!!! This song has become my new theme song!! I have had alot of turmoil in my life in the past year and a half and for the first time I am actually thinking clearly because of my faith that had become shaky during the turmoil. I have realized that God will never give me anything that I can’t handle no matter how much I feel like I am drowining!! THANK YOU GOD!!!”

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David Eaton, OH November 3, 2015

I was first introduced to the wonderful world of Kutless by my best friend Dylan in 2002. It was the first album. I got addicted right away. Being with my friend Dylan however, was my only way and source of knowing God, and church. My family didn’t go and the only way I could go, or listen to anything Christian was to hang out with Dylan. Dylan and I spent all of our high school years together. Dylan always kept me on the straight and narrow. He was a good accountability partner that way. We were always in church because we were crazy about our youth group and just crazy for praise and worship. As the years went on and I graduated the year before Dylan in 2003 from Eaton Ohio, I moved onto college. Once their at Miami University, I got INSTANTLY drafted into the party life. Dylan and I soon drifted. I loved college for the simple fact of beer and women. It became my life. I would go to class all week, work on weekdays, and party all weekend. (Like it was 1999) I would sober up enough to go to church on Sundays. Church mainly became a social even for me and some of the people I went with, I was with on Saturday night partying with. It was almost like a club we had going. I eventually left college to join a police academy. I would still drink all weekend long and try anything that came my way. Apart from all that, I was in 5th in my police academy class out of a class of 78. I had a sit down with my instructor one day and he told me, “Dave, with your eyesight the way it is….you can continue on with the academy, but I want you to know, you may never get hired.” I was discouraged. I left, came back home, and hit the bottle harder then ever before. I immediately got a job as a delivery driver and my drinking went up from their. In a time span of two years (2003-2005) I was getting drunk on a daily basis to wear it was breakfast, lunch and dinner. I never knew, or saw that by leaving the only Godly influence in my life that it could destroy me. Driving home drunk one night on a back country road, I was looking for a CD. Just anything really to keep my alertness up and concentration. I stumbled upon the first album of Kutless. The funny thing was, I never remembered putting that CD in my truck. Almost as if God planned for this night to happen and put the CD in my truck for me. Flipping through the songs on the seek button like I was trying to keep a beat, I stopped on “Vow”. Hearing those lyrics like it was the first time all over again, “Another year has come and gone, and nothing has changed. I’ve wasted another year, doing the same old thing” I had to stop my truck….and cry. After that night, all I could do was listen to the song “Vow.” I drove my self to church that very next day in a suite and tie. Something I hadn’t done in a loooong time. The whole way their I was shouting, yelling, beating on the steering wheel (If it were alive, I probably would’ve knocked it out) singing along and feeling new! It was the best high of my life! Better then any beer, girl, belonging or substance could bring me. I was for the first time in over a year, alive! It was October 22, 2005. The day, and the year, I was born again. I recommitted myself to the Lord. As the lyrics go on….”I’m crying out to you now as I make my new years vow, I’ll tell you I love you and I honor you, somehow. hear my promise to you in my new years vow I give you all of me, you’ll be all of my life and I’ll never think twice to do all that you have for me, in my new years vow”, that became my prayer and my pledge. Its every day that is a gift and should not be taken for granted. And every day is a year ago from that day. I’ll NEVER forget my prayer, my pledge I made that night. That song has touched my life and became my corner stone to recommit to God. Thank you so much Kutless for listening to God and for for spreading the word through your music. It has blessed my life time and time and again. Because of the grace of God intervening in my life that night with your music, I was delivered from addiction. Thank you, and God bless. With much love, Dave Mitchell. Eaton Ohio. _________________________________________

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Miranda November 3, 2015

Hey Guys,just want to really thank you for doing “Even If”. it’s been a huge encouragement for me. It’s been a really broken past few years for me. Lost my brother a couple years ago in an accident, had some really bad personal stuff happen to me, and now both of my parents are terminally ill and i’m the primary care taker…, just to name a few of the main things that have gone on. And sometimes it’s hard to keep going and keep praising God. But this song has really encouraged me lately, reminding me that regardless of the circumstances, God is still Good, and absolutely worthy of all our praise. Forever. And there’s such a difference between if someone tells you this, and hearing it in a song… there’s like a grace on the song, That it isn’t spoken with a bite, but it hits my heart just right, and the truth gets in. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it’s the only way I know how to say it. And so in these days when I don’t think I can keep going, and I break down and feel like running away… I find a quite spot and crank this song and just cry… and get re-centered. Thank You. God Bless. – Miranda

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Matt California November 3, 2015

This is my testimonial of how much Kutless has helped me. This should not be confused of who I am today. I used to live for sin, I used to be sold out on Alcohol. I’m not talking about a few beers here and there. I’m talking about being drunk 24/7. This caused a lot of problems between my family and I. I was very angry, partially because I refused to accept that I needed help. I took my anger out on other people, pushed people away and denied my friendships altogether. I became isolated and a recluse, living in my own world satisfying my own desires. I didn’t care how my attitude affected others, I just didn’t care at all. I didn”t really believe in God. I mean I did, but not to a point of dedicating my life to Him. I didn’t like the idea of putting my future in the hands of someone who was physically intangible. So for so long, I continued to live this way and just slowly digress into a void of self-hate and agony, when chance came my way. I was walking home one day from school, and there was this CD on the ground in the middle of nowhere, it wasn’t even scratched. It was just sitting there as if someone set it there for me to find. On the front of this burned cd it said “Kutless – mix” Having never heard of Kutless before, I had originally thought that this band was Emo, and that Kutless meant they cut themselves to relieve pain and inner-torture. So it caught my attention! I put it in my backpack and got home and put it in my CD player. The First song on there turned out to be Sea of Faces. I started listening, because it sounded good and was expecting some voice to come out screaming about how much life sucks. But instead, there was this soothing calm voice. I thought to myself, oh great, just the opposite of what I was expecting. But, aside from that…I started listening, and it literally described my life up until the Chorus, describing the Sacrifice Christ Jesus did for me. At that point, I turned it off. I didn’t want to hear a Jesus Freak song, I wanted to hear something that could relate to what I was feeling. Interesting thing though, when I turned it off, it turned back on again! Freaked me out, I thought my cd player was messed up or something, but the thing that still boggles my mind to this day is that when it started up again, it must have skipped like 1 or 2 minutes of play time, when it started back up…the words were saying: “If only my one heart was all you’d gain from all it comes, well I know you would have still been a man, with a reason to willingly offer your life.” Powerful words right there, Powerful! Enough to make me keep listening. I felt something right away. Something I’ve never felt before. It was attractive and soothing. True and Complete Peace filled my heart. I was so confused, mainly from the fact that this all happened by chance. That I found this CD on my way home randomly, that my CD Player turned on by itself in the right place at the right time. That I felt a presence in my heart that gave me peace. As I continued to listen to the CD, the next song was “Strong Tower.” Listening to this song, I was thinking that maybe this was all happening for a reason. Again, this song described my life with the lyrics: “when I’m stranded in the valley, and I’m tired and all alone, it seems like I’ve lost my way.” Wow, again pinpointing my problems in my life. But again describing the Love of God. The peace that His love can provide. It was very appealing. At this point, I was completely and utterly confused, scared even. I needed to take a walk, though it was like 5pm and getting dark, I decided to. I walked about half a mile when I came up to bus stop, and sat down for a moment to rest. And to my surprise and confusion, yet again….it seemed someone had left a Bible on the seat next to me. I began to think to myself, “am I on camera or something, is this Christian punk’d or something?” I honestly thought at that point, someone was playing a huge prank on me. But that

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Alexandra George November 3, 2015

My husband and I have been HUGE fans of Kutless probably since the beginning. So when the new album, “Believer”came out, we of course ran out and purchased it. That was in October of 2011. Before we had a chance to listen to the whole cd, my father contacted me and told me he was leaving my mother after 30 years of marriage. Naturally, I was devastated. My family and I are all Christians (to be specific, Fundamental Baptists), so divorce is never an option. And now I had my father telling me there was no love in their marriage and he was sick of living a lie. He felt God was okay with his decision. I have 3 younger sisters that all took this news horribly. It has nearly split up our family. A few days after this happened with my parents, I was cleaning my house, listening to the “Believer” album, and “Even if” came on. I remember it clearly – I was sweeping my kitchen at that point and I just broke down sobbing. That song reminded me that even if this hurt never goes away, God is always there for me, for my whole family, walking us through this. My prayer is that my parents will get back together, but if the healing never comes, I know God won’t ever leave my side. This song really comforted me in my time of need. Thanks for your music, Kutless.

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Emily Greenwood November 3, 2015

My name is Emily Greenwood; I am such a hard-core Kutless fan that if we were standing face to face right now, I am sure you would recognize me. I became a Kutless fan when I was in seventh grade in 2004; and I have gone to at least one kutless a year since then. I am now 21 years old and going into my third year of college. I hope my testimony encourages you guys. The song, “Even If” is the story of my life. I was born with cerebral palsy, which is a brain injury that occurs shortly before or after birth. Cerebral palsy inhibits muscle function and leaves me unable to walk. As a young child I had many questions like; “Why would God not give me the ability to walk?” In addition to having cerebral palsy I also had epilepsy. During my seizures I was completely aware of what was going on around me, however, I could not communicate with those around me, yet God was there with me telling me it was going to be okay. These events caused me to accept Christ at an early age. At the same time, I was running out of options for my condition. Thankfully though, my parents had heard of the ketogenic diet, which consisted of absolutely no sugar, high fat, and little carbs. I was on the diet for two years and haven’t had a seizure since! This is the only part of my disability than no longer affects me and proof that god is “…working all things for our good.” Through the years the obstacles I face have become different as I age such as; various feet problems, mobility limitations, issues with muscle tightness, skulliosis, etc… Circumstances are that I can no longer move from my chair to another piece of furniture with without help because of scoliosis. I had a ninety degree curve in my spine for which I have had two back surgeries. The bar that they installed in my back keeps me humble. Also, because of my surgeries, one of my other favorite Kutless songs is, “To Know That You’re Alive”. There were also other obstacles I faced aside from physical problems. For a long time I struggled with the fact that I could not go on mission trips around the world with my youth group. It is only within the last five years that I have realized my mission field is not to other countries, but is to the disabled community here at home. One thing that has happened in recent years though, is that as a senior in high school, I really looked forward to going away to college after graduation, but through various circumstances I didn’t end up going away. Even though I got into four of the five schools I applied to (Two of which were University of California schools), through special circumstances, god showed me that it wasn’t his plan for me to go away to college yet. I was really upset, but I knew that, “Even if the healing doesn’t come And life falls apart/And dreams are still undone/You are God You are good/Forever faithful” Even though the song hadn’t come out yet, through various life experiences, my thoughts echoed the words of the song. Although God’s love never changes it is only my perspective that has changed. I used to think of my disability as something that I needed to overcome for Christ to fully use me. It is because of my disability that I have to rely not only on Jesus Christ but on others as well. Although I have to depend on other people on a daily basis it is that dependence on others that makes me a perfect candidate to witness to disabilities to Christ. So even if Christ does not bring healing he will always provide what I need to achieve his plan for my life, not my plan for my life. One thing that I always remind myself is that, “Lord we know your ways are not our ways/ So we set our faith in who You are.

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Mike Brentwood, CA November 3, 2015

I have been a believer and Christian from a very young age. Baptized at Nine years old and raised on the fundamentals of the Holy Bible. In my Teens, I fell away due to drugs, fornication and basically a secular Lifestyle. As I grew older and wiser, GOD was always there, on the Backburner. I basically believed but wanted to do my will, not God’s. I am now in my 30’s. Drugs and sex are a thing of the past, although I was not close to GOD. A Christian co-worker gave me an extra copy of “Strongtower” and thought I might like it. After listening the first time I was floored. This music was fresh, hip, contemporary, heavy , rockin and uplifting. I absolutely loved it. Searching on itunes one night I found a double album of “Hearts & Strongtower”. Needless to say I was listening a lot to this whenever I wanted to hear some positive uplifting music. At this time I was still listening to my secular music, feeling empty afterward. Recently, I was on Itunes and saw “to know that you’re alive” and immediately downloaded the album. I didn’t care about listening to one song, I knew it was going to be awesome. Your new album is your best yet and is beyond great. Well, this sparked a renewed interest in Kutless and soon I was watching videos on Youtube, downloading your original album as well as “Sea of Faces”. The Holy Spirit began to speak to me through your glorification of GOD in music. I am now in a great church, attend a Bible study weekly, listening to nothing but Christian artists & READING MY BIBLE NIGHTLY!!! This was not the me I had previously known. Very out of character. I began to have fellowship with the six Christians at work and I am transformed. GOD has finally nabbed me and I am his. Kutless……. every band member, new and old, I want to thank you for being true to yourselves. Thank you for your musical testimonies. I will always regard Kutless as my favorite band to listen to when I need to relate or glorify the living GOD. You guys are amazing and I thank GOD for you. GOD BLESS KUTLESS! GOD has changed my life and he used your band as a tool to help shape this transformation. Thank you. Mike-Brentwood,CA.

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Jennifer Linnabary November 3, 2015

Hello my name is Jennifer Linnabary and I had the pleasure of meeting with you last year back stage when you were in Cincinnati at the Underground. I was unable to attend the concert due to restrictions from my Stem Cell Transplant. At that time I shared with you my battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. I mentioned that the two songs that got me through some rough times were “What Faith Can Do” and “I’m StillYours.” Since our meeting I have struggled through many medical and physical challenges. I am told that I almost died twice. I cannot walk as my femoral nerve in my left leg was damaged. However, God’s extraordinary grace has kept me here. During these times the only music that would soothe me was yours. It was during this time that I first heard “Even If”. I have to be honest and say the words stung when I first heard them but now they bring me comfort. I know that physical and/or medical healing may never come but I continue to sing His praises. I would not trade this journey for anything as I know He is the Good and Faithful one who is working through me. I have seen miracles happen around as people come together to pray for my healing. My family that was once estranged agreed to set aside differences. My sister who has not opened a Bible in years is now sending me daily Bible verses. My Church (which has rallied behind me from the beginning) has been humbled and awed by seeing God in action. I could go on and on…..I truly know that God tenderly loves me and daily I rest in who He is! – Jennifer Linnabary

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Dave Tampa, FL November 3, 2015

Through the grace of God, I was raised in a Christian home. Growing up in the church taught me the “right” way to live my life, unfortunately I didn’t want to listen. I decided that I did better at running my life than God did. Rejecting all that I have been brought up, I lived my life to the “world’s” standards. Directly after I graduated high school I joined the United States Marine Corps. Continuing to reject the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart, my life was filled with temptation that I didn’t fight. Unfortunately in 2003, I was injured while serving in Iraq. In the blink of an eye I had lost everything. I lost my career, my marriage, and my way of life. The only thing that I did not loose, but didn’t realize it, was the unconditional love of Jesus Christ. I battled with health issues and depression for a long while. One day, I was driving in the car and I was listening to secular music, which I realized wasn’t helping my situation. I decided to turn the station to our local radio station and I heard for the first time “Strong Tower” by Kutless. As I listed to the lyrics of the music, literally through the Holy Spirit my life changed. I realized what I was missing in my life. A few songs after that I heard “Offering” by Third Day. It was like a slap in the face by God telling me to wake up. It was GREAT! After that, I started faithfully doing my quiet time for the first time in my life. Shortly after that, I handed over “the reigns” of my life to Jesus Christ. Since then, every day has been an amazing blessing. I might not have a day where my injuries don’t cause me pain, but for once in my life I have True Joy! I am able to live every day for God’s glory. Once I opened my eyes and saw that God had an awesome plan for my life, he started to open doors. I recently founded my own Christian non-profit organization in which God has led me to attempt to share His Word throughout the world. I want to thank Kutless and reassure Christians out there that God does loves and has an awesome plan for each and everyone of us. We just have to let go and believe that He IS our “Strong Tower”. Thank you for allowing me to share my testimony with you; God bless you. Dave Tampa, FL

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Celeste Portland, OR November 3, 2015

I just wanted to send a message to the guys thanking them for the impact they had on Chelsea’s final days. Childhood cancer sucks, especially when you learn it’s termimal. My girl was amazing – though she did have many rough days. On those rough days she held tight to her memories of meeting you… and her anticipation to see you again was one of the few things that she got excited about. I can’t tell you the hours that your encouragement impacted. Thank you for that. Her last days, she begged me to invite you all to a bbq. Had she been physically up for it, I probably would have – I would have done anything to make every moment count for her…. Her favorite song that you did was “Take Me In”. Our last night with Chelsea was very difficult – much worse than I had anticipated. It wasn’t peaceful, and as the hours passed on, I felt myself getting more and more angry with God. I had heard so many stories of people passing – and the peace they had. It was very confusing for me, for I wondering how God could use such a painful, gut wrenching time for good. Why couldn’t she peacefully fade off to sleep like so many others? I still don’t understand, but I do trust that His ways are not our ways. So almost 15 hours later, my baby suffocating in my arms – the Lord finally revealed Himself, and He used you. During the night, I had sung a worship song to her. I wanted to sing it again, and I couldn’t remember the words. It was so hard, because I just wanted to comfort my girl – and the words wouldn’t come. But then the Lord reminded me of her love for “Take Me In”. I held her, her lips pressed against my cheek, and sang it over and over. Each time I came to the words, “Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am ” I would kiss her on the lips. I could tell from the first time I sang it through that it was bringing her much comfort. Of course, I sang it over and over and over – kissing her each time. This went on for a while, and the Lord spoke and told me when to just sing that last verse over and over. As I sang, the Lord reminded me about what that last verse means – how we are cleansed by Christ. He reminded me of all the conversations that Chels and I used to have – where she would confess all her junk, worried that she wasn’t saved. I realized that we hadn’t had one of those conversations in a couple of months. Like me, Chelsea was good at stuffing things. The Holy Spirit moved powerfully, and I was able to remind Chelsea that it didn’t matter how many mistakes she made, how many bad thoughts, how imperfect she was…. she was saved and Jesus loved her so much. I could feel her relax in my arm – and her breaths continued to grow further and further apart. The Lord met me, her and Jeff so powerfully. I realized it was drawn out, because she wasn’t ready. My baby, who didn’t like to spend the night at people’s homes because she would get home sick, who wouldn’t go to camp for the same reason…. she even dragged her feet going to Heaven! After singing and talking I prayed – and with my final words, “Jesus, I give my baby to you” she took her last breath.

Thank you for doing that song. Thank you for visiting my girl, for praying for us. Chelsea was sweet – she was very concerned about not “idolizing” you as a typical teenager would… but she sure looked up to you and enjoyed your music. Because of that, you will always hold a special place in my heart. I consider you friends – though we may not even meet again until that great day in Heaven. I will continue to lift you up – prayer for you, your families, your ministry. Of course, we used that song on the Memorial slideshow. I can send you a copy if you’d like. Press on guys. God is using you mightily. Your sis in Him, ~Celeste